Body Moulds: Series 2- Textile scaffolds (2008-2009)

In the second iteration, I began using fabric at the base of the mould as a means by which to create a scaffold that would support the root network – a foundation to which the roots could adhere once the dirt was removed, enabling me to capture the root system establishment.

I began with cotton muslin, a fabric made of cellulose derived from plants and used historically, as shrouds in the dressing of the dead. This fibre decomposed into the soil, the fibre serving as a food for the plants. As a stabiliser, it proved limited in securing the roots, but experimentally, it was of interest for further projects. After a six week period, it dissolved into the soil. The fabric tore like wet tissue. In this way, it was similar to the dissolvable materials investigated in the first chapter, and should it be the intention to combine techniques in the future, it could provide an alternative to these original fabrics.

-[A]Dressing Death: Fashioning Garments for the Grave

 

Photography by Pia Interlandi